Bumper charity shop haul
|Work clothes! I love the way the skirt|
looks with the black velvet jacket.
Age UK is probably my favourite of my local charity shops as it tends to have more granny clothing than other chazzas. I adore my nantastic wool skirts, and that’s what my local branch delivers. They had a £1.49 sale this weekend, so I was able to get a tweedy skirt in one of those timeless shapes, just below the knee, that can be worked into a wealth of looks and this pure wool tartan skirt. I don’t really have the figure for pencil skirts, being round of belly, narrow of hip and flat of butt, but this is somewhere tighter than most of my skirts without being a full-on pencil. The pure wool cloth is very soft, and it's a mixture of black, grey and pale blue with a very faint orange stripe.
I also got two pairs of pinstriped trousers. I’d managed to wear though the fabric or kill the zip on all my existing trousers, and while my motto has usually been, “Don’t buy anything with a gusset secondhand”, I decided to try buying trousers anyway - after all, I could wash them, and you’d hope people wore knickers with them. Now I have two very nice pairs for work, one lightweight enough for summer. I’d already realised I’ll probably never need to buy a new winter work skirt ever again, and I suspect I’ll never need to buy brand new trousers now either. (More money to spend on SHOES.)
My final win was in British Heart Foundation, a chiffon, peasanty dress. As soon as I saw the fabric I loved it. It’s only New Look, and the style is pretty modern, but the print reminds me of the 1930s dresses I’ve seen and loved but can neither fit into nor afford. Mr Robot wasn’t very impressed with it, but then he’s not the one who’ll be wearing it to work.
Aaaah, secondhand success feels good.
On the shopping front, there'll be the first Trowbridge vintage market on the 29th June, as part of the annual (and impressive) Armed Forces Weekend. If you're in the area, why not come along?